Can the education system heal our ‘post-truth’ society?

Media studies and philosophy could be crucial in tackling extremism and fake news

Education is under attack. Expertise and experience were derided in the lead-up to the Brexit vote, while US president Donald Trump famously declared: “I love the poorly educated” – who then turned out to vote for him (analyses show that education, not income, was a clearer indication of whether people voted Trump or Clinton).

Amid talk of “fake news”, distrust of mainstream media, and the rise of far-right websites such as Breitbart News Network, the average citizen is struggling to discern what is true and what is not.

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